Actually, that is a lie. We didn’t tour the Jacobsen’s facility. Instead, we visited the tasting room in Portland, Oregon. It was even better than only touring because we got to sample the product. Yeah! By we, I mean my sister, brother-in-law and me. It was so much fun!
I have a new appreciation for salt thanks to the very helpful and informative staff on hand for our visit. We were lucky enough to speak with several of the employees. The salt they harvest comes from Netarts Bay on the Oregon coast. They create both flake and sea salt, all of which are high-end quality. Per their company website, “They are the first company to harvest salt in the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark.”
My first introduction to Jacobsen Salt was at Timberline Lodge. They serve the Pinot Noir Flake Salt with their dinner bread. Beyond my Pink Himalayan salt grinder from Trader Joe’s, my experience with infused salt was next to nil. Never had I considered salting my bread. Well, let me tell you that Pinot Noir Salt is so tasty on buttered bread. I was anxious to try it on other foods.
The people I worked with recommended I take my sister to the tasting room when she was in town visiting. Tasting room? Who knew? If you are a foodie and in the Portland area, I highly recommend stopping by Jacobsen’s. The tasting room, located on the east side of the Willamette River, offered samples of each type of salt.
I am now hooked on infused salt. My favorites are the Lemon Zest and Smoked Ghost Chili Pepper followed closely by the Pinot Blanc. To make this experience even better, they brought out their Salty Caramels and Salty Black Licorice to try. Both I found to be delicious. My sister was partial to the caramels while I preferred the licorice. My brother-in-law loved the mustards they set out. I stayed far away from those, not a mustard fan. The last item we tried was the honey products by Bee Local.
The salts were my favorite items.
Needless to say, the six vial gift set made its way home with both my sister and me. So, I have this great set of infused salts which includes Lemon Zest, Ghost Pepper, Smoked, Regular Finishing, Stumptown Coffee and Vanilla Bean.
What to do with them?
I’ve sprinkled the Lemon Zest on corn on the cob. I got this idea after my visit to Mexico where they put lime on corn. Oh, so delicious. I’ve roasted potatoes with the Ghost Pepper as well as added it to a Garlic Orzo dish. The Smoked salt has made it into chicken dishes. I want to try it on grilled steak. Maybe next summer. Finally, my crowning glory, Candied Bacon Brownies topped with Stumptown Coffee and Vanilla Bean Salt! Hell, yes!
Regular salt just doesn’t do it anymore. I’ve become a Jacobsen addict. Sadly, I will be away from my lovely infused salts for the winter. Watch out next summer season.
You can visit their facility at:
602 SE Salmon St, Portland, Oregon 97214
Or their Saltworks location:
9820 Whiskey Creek Rd., Tillamook, Oregon 97141